Liz Cheney Takes a Facet in Republicans’ Feud With Taylor Swift

Former Republican Consultant Liz Cheney has taken a facet in her get together’s feud with Taylor Swift.

Cheney expressed her assist for Swift amid the barrage of assaults that the celebrity has confronted from the best on Wednesday, writing in a publish on X, previously Twitter, “Taylor Swift is a nationwide treasure.”

The Wyoming Republican’s feedback come as conservatives have ramped up assaults on Swift within the wake of the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ Sunday win, the place they beat the Baltimore Ravens for a spot within the Tremendous Bowl. Swift is relationship Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce.

Newsweek reached out to Swift for remark by way of e mail.

Criticisms of Swift have surged amongst Republicans, who’ve accused the singer of getting excessive views of the GOP. Swift has not endorsed anybody within the 2024 election, however she beforehand backed Joe Biden within the 2020 election and two Democratic candidates from Tennessee who had been working for Congress within the 2018 midterms. Swift has additionally been publicly critical of Trump prior to now.

Questions surrounding whether or not or not Swift’s political affiliations and beliefs have an effect on her hundreds of thousands of followers have emerged in latest weeks as conservative social media has grow to be engulfed in conspiracy theories associated to the pop star.

A ballot carried out on behalf of Newsweek discovered that 18 p.c of voters say they’re “extra probably” or “considerably extra probably” to vote for a candidate endorsed by Swift. Nearly as many citizens mentioned a Swift endorsement would make them much less more likely to vote for a candidate, 17 p.c, and 55 p.c mentioned her assist wouldn’t sway their votes.

This sentiment appeared to resonate amongst each supporters of Biden’s 2024 marketing campaign and supporters of former President Donald Trump’s third presidential bid. Twenty-two p.c of Biden voters and 18 p.c of Trump voters mentioned they might be extra more likely to forged a poll for Swift’s most well-liked candidate.

The survey, which was carried out on January 18 amongst 1,500 eligible voters, additionally discovered her to be widespread amongst each Biden and Trump supporters, with 52 p.c and 44 p.c, respectively, describing themselves as followers of the singer-songwriter.

Though specialists say Swift might very properly affect the election if she had been to publicly assist a presidential candidate, historical past suggests her political endorsements will not be as profitable as every thing else she has touched. Regardless of her endorsement of Republican Marsha Blackburn’s challenger in Tennessee’s 2018 Senate race, Blackburn went on to defeat Swift-backed Phil Bredesen with greater than 54 p.c of the vote.

Taylor Swift on the Grammys on February 5, 2023, in Los Angeles. Inset: Liz Cheney in New York Metropolis on June 26, 2023. Cheney referred to as Swift a “nationwide treasure.”

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Cheney’s place on the Swift debate appeared to divide Republicans. A number of anti-Swift conservatives attacked the previous congresswoman as “a nationwide shame” and urged her assist for Swift revealed that Cheney was a Democrat, whereas pro-Swift conservatives agreed with the Wyoming Republican’s stance.

“If MAGA hates [Taylor Swift] a lot, then she have to be doing one thing proper,” Republicans Towards Trump responded to Cheney’s tweet.

“Taylor Swift is nothing greater than Napoleon Dynamite with lipstick and a willingness to shill for the very best bidder,” a self-described “extremely MAGA” account, @TheLizVariant, wrote.